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ODI - Research Fellow

Location
London
Type of contract
Permanent
Department
n/a
Programme
Growth, Poverty and Inequality Programme
Salary
£39,897 - £50,466
Closing date
25 Oct 2017
Description

OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE

 

Research Fellow – Poverty, Growth and Inequality Programme

Contract: Permanent

Salary: Research Fellow 1: £39,897 - £50,466 per annum

Location: London

Ref: [GPIP/01/17]

 

The UK’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.

 

About us

 

ODI (www.odi.org.uk) aims to inspire and inform policy and practice to reduce poverty by bringing together high-quality applied research and practical policy advice.

 

The Poverty, Growth and Inequality Programme is looking for a researcher to take leadership on key projects within our portfolio, undertaking innovative research and analysis, and influencing the international debate through public affairs activities including publications, media engagement, speaking at conferences, and providing advice to governments and business at a senior level. The postholder will also have the opportunity to develop their own research interests within the team’s broad areas of focus, including designing research projects, obtaining funding and managing resources for delivery.

 

Specifically, the Research Fellow will to contribute to, and in some cases lead, development and delivery of research, policy advice and outreach on the leave no one behind agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals. They will also play a key role in developing partnerships and networks with others engaged on leave no one behind. They will closely follow the policy processes around SDG and Financing for Development agenda and engage with policy makers at international fora such as the High Level Political Forum and well as national and regional events to understand the political economy of the whole of the leave no one behind agenda. While the postholder would engage on all aspects of the agenda, the specific focus of the role would be addressing government and development financing questions as they relate to leave no one behind and equity and inclusion issues more broadly.This will entail both domestic (so public financial management) and international (development) financing expertise.

 

The postholder will have in-depth knowledge and experience of relevant policy debates – and keep ahead of emerging poverty and development trends - and country level implementation issues surrounding global goal frameworks. As well as excellent research (mixed methods – they will need to be comfortable with working with quantitative data at a basic level) and writing skills, they should be experienced in representation and outreach, and bring with them a series of contacts and networks at global and country levels.

 

The Poverty, Growth and Inequaltiy Programme brings together qualitative and quantitative expertise, as well a excellence in policy influencing and communications, to deliver cutting-edge evidence in a wide range of forms to catalyse action on elimination of extreme poverty and reduction of inequality. One of our key strengths in this area is that we assess data, policy and financing to understand the needs of the poorest and most marginalised people and the obstacles to their progress, and how to overcome them. We also work with other programmes across ODI to pull in expertise on political economy considerations. We work on both national and sub-national policy analysis, as well as engaging strategically with global and regional political processes. We are one of the pre-eminent insitituions working on these issues and have a record of our research having strong traction with policy makers in global and national processes.

Recent programme highlights include:

 

  • The leave no one behind index https://www.odi.org/publications/10859-leave-no-one-behind-index
  • Gig economy study: A Good Gig https://www.odi.org/publications/10658-good-gig-rise-demand-domestic-work

 

About you 

  • A degree and post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline.
  • Knowledge of development finance issues (internal or external)
  • Extensive and deep knowledge of key issues and organisations in international development.
  • Fluency in English, and preferably a good command of at least one other language.
  • Experience in policy-oriented research, demonstrated by a track record of publications and reports.
  • Extensive developing-country experience.
  • Strong analytical skills, a capacity to write clearly, and excellent organisational and oral communication skills.
  • A demonstrated capacity for policy advisory or public-affairs work, based on an analytical approach, and an innovative and creative communications ability.
  • Project management skills.
  • Ability to translate research ideas into fundable projects.
  • Excellent communication abilities in relation to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Skills in negotiation, listening, communication of ideas, problem solving, decision making.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Excellent time management skills, including managing a complex and varied workload.

 Closing date: 25th October 2017

 

Interview date:

**PLEASE NOTE INTERVIEWS WILL NOW BE HELD WEEK COMMENCING 13TH NOVEMBER 2017.**

 

For more information, please download an application pack from our website at www.odi.org.uk/jobs. If you are experiencing difficulties downloading, please telephone 020 7922 8234 or email humanresources@odi.org.uk.

 

 

ODI is an equal opportunities employer                                                                                          Charity Reg. No.228248

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